Lorazepam - Indications, Dosage, Side Effects and Precautions


Information about Lorazepam

Generic Name : Lorazepam
Up-to-date prescription details regarding Lorazepam are provided here.

Pronunciation : lor a' ze pam

Learn the correct pronunciation of the Lorazepam, understand it's uses, recommended dosages, its indications, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, warnings and its and its storage instructions.
You will also find a list of the medication's International and Indian brand or trade names, as well as its pricing information. For verification of the information presented on this page or for additional clarifications, it's advisable to consult your doctor.

ICD Code : Y47.5 Therapeutic Classification : Anxiolytics, Sedatives And Hypnotics

Trade Names/Brand Names of Lorazepam

India :

International :

Ativan, Lorazepam Intensol

Why is Lorazepam Prescribed? (Indications)

This medication is a benzodiazepine, prescribed for anxiety. It slows activity in the brain to allow for mind relaxation.

When should Lorazepam not be taken? (Contraindications)

Contraindicated in patients with narrow-angle glaucoma and hypersensitivity.

What is the dosage of Lorazepam?

PO- The recommended dose is 2-3 mg/day given in two or three divided doses.

How should Lorazepam be taken?

It comes as a tablet to take by mouth, with or without food.

What are the warnings and precautions for Lorazepam?

• Caution should be exercised in patients with history of increased eye pressure, seizures, lung, heart or liver disease, any allergy, who are taking other medications, elderly, during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

• It may cause drowsiness or dizziness, do not drive a car or operate machinery while taking this medication.

• Avoid alcohol consumption.

• Monitor liver function and complete blood counts regularly while taking this medication.

What are the side effects of Lorazepam?

Most Common - Dizziness, weakness and unsteadiness.
Central Nervous System - Drowsiness, memory loss, confusion, disorientation, depression, emotional state, suicidal thought/attempt, incoordination, weakness, convulsions/seizures, tremor, fainting, visual disturbances, slurred speech, change in libido, impotence, headache and coma.
Respiratory - Respiratory depression and worsening of obstructive pulmonary disease.
Gastrointestinal - Nausea, change in appetite, constipation and jaundice.
Hypersensitivity reactions - Shock.
Skin - Hair loss.

What are the other precautions for Lorazepam?

Avoid excess dosage.

What are the storage conditions for Lorazepam?

Store it at room temperature and in an airtight container. Keep away from children.

Schedule : H
Prescription drugs - Drugs to be sold only under the prescription of a Registered Medical Practitioner.
Recommended Reading